I've always wanted to write a post like this, but I never got the chance to do it in time! But here is my first post of my new series of K-pop reviews!
hehe today I'll be sharing with you my opinion/review on the whole of this new Exo Era!
I'll be "discussing" their Pathcode Teasers, the Exodus Album, the Call Me Baby Music Video~
*COOKIES TO ALL WHO MANAGE TO GUESS WHO MY NEW BIAS IS!
btw. I am no Exo/K-pop Detective...so soz lol...I won't be making any super cool-meaningful-smart links haha
omg let's just say, on a whole, the pathcode teasers were really amazing! The photography and editing made all the teasers seem like they were a trailer to a movie. It was quite a different idea for a teaser, but I loved it. Although I am still at a lost to how the teasers relate to the "Call Me Baby" idea...
Enjoy my short thoughts on the teasers, as I talk about them in the order they were released~
My first thought ; "OMG IT'S KAI! I LOVE YOU."
haha his teaser reminded me of a dramatised fashion shoot, and the moment he started to turn back and walk hurriedly, it got me super excited! "what is he running from?!"
nxt minute *Voosh!* he disappears! Or should I say Teleports!
I'm pretty impressed! Taos' teaser was actually quite interesting! As soon as I saw Taos' teaser I knew the whole idea of them using their "super-powers" again in the teasers, was going to make things 100x better! I loved the idea of him stopping time and all that, but one thing I have to comment is...his pants...what are you wearing Tao?!
Burrnnnnn!! The beginning of the teaser reminded me of his debut teaser where the song "El Dorado" was playing. Chanyeol looked cool~, and I know that fire is his power, but I was at a lost to why he burnt the forest lol. He kinda looked like a vintage explorer~
OMG XIUMIN YOU ARE STEALING MY HEART!
At first he looks super cute, just leisurely walking around, but the minute he took off that jacket! He looked so freekin good! The T.V static part was a little creepy though.
Love Sehun! Casual strolling around the area, again reminded me of a kinda of fashion shoot vibe. BUT. WHO ENTERS A STRANGERS HOUSE?!! Those kids scared the shit out of me!! (please never do that again SM...) Sehun..if you have to enter a strangers house...I'm sure you can come to mine~
Casual clothes + *although it's to beautiful to be* bed hair is one of my favourite looks that Suho can pull off. The audio of the teaser gave a really mysterious, yet calm feeling. I love that little-kid look Suho has when he looks "lost"
I absolutely hate it when they make Chen have a middle parting!! I feel like it makes him look older than his real age! hehe once of the first things I realised was the book he was holding was titles "Overdose".
Baekhyun was like a rebel kid, wearing the whole leather outfit and walking though alleyways in the night. I think his teaser was the most intense, especially when the lights started to flicker and the power went out. The lack of audio, with only his footsteps being heard, really added to the dramatic affect of the teaser.
hehe Lays' teaser was quite nice, simple and sweet. The setting was quite typical of a china-town district, with the building and the setting of inside the tea(?) house. Did anyone realise he was writing in ENGLISH?! yesh! please learn english Lay~
D.O is cuteeee! I love how he ended the teasers and really brought it all together with the intercuts of the other members teasers. (He looked cool when driving the car!)
10 new songs in the album! The songs range from dance to ballads~
Here's my thoughts on the songs + which is my favourite!
01. Call Me Baby
I love it! My initial reaction to the song was "uh okk", but after replaying it for a bit, it's quite catchy and it gets stuck in my head. I really love the beginning how it interlaces a rap with "call me baby" and the catchy beat! The chorus is good!
The intro by the rappers is pretty cool, but the background audio is so weird!! I love it when D.O/Chen start singing "oh baby baby baby", their voices just make me melt~
I actually found this song a little weird, but that "oh baby baby baby" and "tick tick boom boom multiply" is kinda fun to say & catchy. I kinda only like the sung parts of this song, but I feel it has the potential to win me over if I listen to it a few more times.
03. What If... [시선 둘, 시선 하나]
I really love R&B ballads like this! I love it especially how *in the Korean version* Chanyeol starts with a smooth, mellow rap and D.O s' voice just blends into it and takes over the melody. Everytime someone sings "Oh oh oh" I die a little, it's so beautiful and I love the chorus so much!!
I love this song so much, it is one of my favourites in the album!
04. My Answer
The beginning of this song seriously reminds me of a K-drama OST song (maybe from Boys Over Flowers?) Does anyone feel the same vibe?!
I send out stars for the english in the song! Their english pronunciation is pretty good!
I seriously was clueless what Exodus was going to stand for...and now I find out its' describing a girl lol Not my favourite song in the album, but the chorus is kinda catchy. But when Chanyeol sings/raps I fangirl!
06. El Dorado
"Fiiiind the El Doradooooo" ahaha I like the beginning! It's different but nice! I'm still not 100% convinced with the lead up to chorus...I think it's kind weird, but the actually chorus its' self is good! Their harmonies are so beautiful! btw, if anyone knows what the "El Dorado" is suppose to be please tell me ><
I feel like I've heard a intro like this before in an american song, but I can't remember what song!
The song is a little jazzy and smooth, but it's nice to listen to. Not as catchy as the other songs, but it's more mellow.
Introduction reminds me of a little creepy-circus styled waltz, but once the singing starts, I am in love! I absolutely love the harmonies they make when they sing the whole song in general, especially when they sing "you hurt me". Because of the lead up to the chorus and the chorus its' self, this is one of my favourite songs in the album. btw and just let you guys know, KAI SINGS A FEW TIMES IN THIS SONG!!!!!
09. Lady Luck
The song starts off quite differently with someone beat boxing in the background. The lead up to the chorus reminds me of a Justin Timberlake song, but I love the chorus. I especially LOVE IT WHEN CHANYEOL SINGS! Seriously!!!
The song has quite a light melody, it's pretty! But it isn't my favourite in the album.
"You are Beautiful, Beautiful~~"
Overall I think the songs are quite different to their other songs in other albums. At first some of them can seem weird, but I reckon if you listen to them enough, you'll start to like them and singing them yourself! My favourites are definitely "What If..." and "Hurt" ♡♡♡
Call Me Baby Music Video
I used to be Kai biased, but for the first time, Tao looks so much better than Kai!!!
I don't know what SM is doing with his hair and his dress sense!!!!! ><
I don't know what SM is doing with his hair and his dress sense!!!!! ><
hahahaa I loved the beginning when Sehun, Baekhyun, Xiumin and Suho are standing/sitting(?) in a Ferrari and just moving with the camera~ Sehun and Xiumin especially look so good in this scene.
Sehun is seriously my new bias ♡♡♡♡♡
Most of the time, I really loved their outfits & their hair! But there were just some moments where I question the stylists choices...
here are some examples of what I reckon was questionable ;
- Kai's Hair & outift...
- Baekhyuns "airy" top, Xiumins' sporty outfit(but tbh Xiumin kinda wears it quite well) and Kais' shirt...
In general I felt that the dance didn't quite match the song and the concept. But! here are some dance points' which I loved!
- "Call Me Baby" dance part is a little weird, but *I quote Tracy* Xiumin has so much sass when he dances to that part!!! Just watch him & you'll understand.
- OMG you have to watch Suho at the 3:50 point!! love him, but seriously I just cracked up laughing and I replayed the scene so many times!! I didn't notice it at first, but he is so adorable!
Overall I liked the song, but I don't think the dance and the music video really suited the whole concept. It was cool, but I think they could have found something a little better. + Most of the outfit choices were really good!
One absolutely devastating thing I found for this era, is that SM is not selling an Exo-M and Exo-K version...but rather freekin 20 different covers!!! 2 versions of each member!!
Well there goes my ideal of having a collection of Exo albums. My mum would kill me at the thought of buying 20 albums (I think I would slap myself if I bought them all) OTL
Let me know how you guys felt about the whole comeback in the comments below!